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Batangas is under GCQ until the end of December.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | December 05, 2020
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The province of Batangas remains under GCQ for the rest of December as per the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte last November 30, 2020. While the place has the lowest recorded active cases of COVID-19, the government made it clear that this is not the sole basis for determining its quarantine status.

Meanwhile, Tagaytay City eased its age restrictions among its residents and has allowed people aged 15 to 65 years old to leave their homes. Local government units are also being urged to create a draft of guidelines for allowing minors to enter malls following the ease of restrictions by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Quarantine Updates

Batangas remains under GCQ until December 31

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Batangas will still be under general community quarantine until December 31, 2020 despite having the lowest active cases in the Calabarzon region. Last November 30, the Department of Health showed that Batangas only had 598 active COVID-19 cases out of 10,706 cases. However, the Batangas provincial Inter-Agency Task Force said that the total number of cases is not the only criteria that must be considered to determine an area’s quarantine status. The local government must also take actions and start setting up more isolation facilities in the place.

Together with Batangas, Metro Manila, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan City, Davao City, and Davao del Norte will also be placed under GCQ. The rest of the country will be under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ. [1, 2, & 3]

Tagaytay issued EO allowing people aged 15 to 65 years old to go outside

The City of Tagaytay recently passed Executive Order no. 345 which allows people between 15 to 65 years old to go out of their homes. After adopting the provision of the Inter-Agency Task Force no. 79, the city also adjusted its age limitations from ages 21 to 60 to 15 to 65 years old. [4]

Shopping News: LGUs asked to draft guidelines on allowing minors in malls

Last December 2, 2020, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano asked all the local government units to create a draft of rules and guidelines on allowing minors to enter malls. While the stands of the mayors regarding the matter are still divided, Ano is hoping that they come to an agreement soon. This decision was made after following the provision of the Inter-Agency Task Force that allows people aged 15 to 65 years old to go out in preparation for the new normal. [5

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About Antonette Louise Guiao
Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.
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